Meet the Staff

The LEAD San Diego staff is dedicated to providing robust leadership curriculum and continuing educational opportunities. With numerous program offerings available, we work to ensure that program participants remain involved, presenting opportunities to discuss issues, network and encourage colleagues to become involved.

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Elizabeth Fitzsimons

Interim Vice President, Leadership

As Interim Vice President, Leadership, Elizabeth is guiding the transition of LEAD into the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. As a Chamber affiliate, LEAD adds three Chamber leadership development programs into its existing suite of offerings. Elizabeth and her team ensure that LEAD provides aspiring, emerging, and established leaders the essential information, skills, and connections they need to make a significant and lasting impact on the San Diego-Baja California region.

Elizabeth also serves as Vice President, Marketing & Events for the Chamber, where she and her team are responsible for developing strategy and tactics to create interest, demand, and recognition for the Chamber through media relations; web, social, and print communications; advertising; strategic relationships; direct and online marketing; and more than 60 events a year.

Before joining the Chamber, Elizabeth was Senior Director of Marketing & Communications at Rady Children’s Hospital. There, she oversaw media relations; web, video and social media; internal communications; and strategic communications planning for the hospital and its foundation.

Prior to Rady Children’s, Elizabeth worked at the County of San Diego in media and public relations and internal communications. She started her career as a journalist, first at The Palm Springs Desert Sun, and then at The San Diego Union-Tribune. Elizabeth is a 2013 graduate of LEAD San Diego’s IMPACT program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth serves on the Board of Directors for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, the Board of Library Commissions for the City of San Diego, and volunteers at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Bankers Hill. She lives in Del Cerro with her husband, daughter, and twin sons.


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Kim Nguyen

Program Manager

Kim is a native San Diegan with a degree in political science from San Diego State University. Prior to joining LEAD, she worked as a council representative for Councilmember Toni Atkins, and as a council representative and policy advisor for Councilmember Marti Emerald.

During her time with the San Diego City Council, Kim represented council members in City Heights, Hillcrest, Rolando Park, Redwood Village, Rolando and many others. As a policy advisor, she worked on legislation regarding the environment, redevelopment, medical marijuana/Proposition 215 and energy.

In her spare time, Kim enjoys spending time with family, friends, volunteering with STAR/PAL, a local nonprofit which partners law enforcement with at-risk youth as mentors to keep them off the streets of our inner cities and help them maintain positive lifestyles, and volunteering with the San Diego Police Department’s Mid City Division’s monthly curfew sweeps.

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Carole Ravago

Marketing & Alumni Relations Manager

As marketing and alumni relations manager, Carole manages alumni relations, marketing and communications for the organization, including strategy, branding, messaging, web and social media management, collateral development and production, media relations, advertising, speech writing and the speakers' bureau. She was hired by LEAD in February 2012.

Prior to joining LEAD, Carole served in management roles with Pro Kids: The First Tee of San Diego, San Diego Business Journal, Mingei International Museum and The San Diego Union-Tribune.

A long-time resident of San Diego, Carole is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. She enjoys art, music and exploring our region’s wine and culinary scene, particularly in Baja California.